Tom, Florida, 1969. No. 218: Not called, not sorry

I clearly remember gathering around the TV with my UNC college friends the night the draft lottery took place. One of my friends was in Navy ROTC and drew #11. We all laughed, he was going. He wound up in CIC (combat information section) on board a carrier in the Med...

Chuck, North Carolina, 1969. No. 349: Law Enforcement

I was a Junior at UNC and was married and had a small child.  I decided to join the Air Force since my Dad had been in the Army Air Corps in WWII.  I had taken the tests etc. when the lottery was announced.  I decided to wait and see what my number was before I joined...

David, North Carolina, 1969. No. 69: Medical Reserves

I was a Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and scheduled to graduate in May 1970.  I was engaged and hoping to be married soon after graduation.  MY LOTTERY NUMBER WAS 69. So it was pretty obvious I was going to get drafted.  Not something I was interested in doing. I am...

Art, Massachusetts, 1969. No. 315: Naval ROTC

It is a great question that takes you down into the time tunnel. As a junior in 1969 there was a high level of awareness and anxiety about the war. As an NROTC student I was keenly aware of what lay ahead. I had joined the unit as a freshman, knowing that a Navy...

Bruce, North Carolina, 1969. No. 273

I remember when the lottery was first announced, and hearing the results. My brother and I both got high numbers – mine was 273, his was 324. There was also a pool in our dorm at UNC, and the ‘winner’ – the guy with the lowest number –...

Mark, New Jersey, 1969. No. 154: National Guard

As an undergraduate at UNC, I was a partial scholarship baseball player during the 1966-68 seasons. I was quite poor and since I started on the Varsity Baseball Team during the 1968 season, I asked coach Rabb for more scholarship money. Since there was none, I...